At a distance of 10 km from Chikmagalur & 1 km from Krishnavatika,Hirekolale Lake is a beautiful manmadelake amidst beauty and surrounded by high mountains.
The famous hills of Mullayanagiri can be viewed from here.This lake was built to supply water to Chikmagalur town and irrigation of lands in surrounding villages.
Hirekolale Lake is one of the top places to visit in Chikmagalur.
This place can be easily accessed from the town of Chikmagalur. It can be visited throughout the year.
MUTHODI FOREST RESERVE / WILD LIFE SANCTUARY – 38 KMS
Muthodi Forest Camp is the most famous part of Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. It is 32 km from Chikmagalur. Muthodi is a natural forest with a variety of lofty mountains and wide variety of birds. It is part of Bhadra Tiger Reserve and inhabits sizeable number of tigers. Besides,one can sight Elephants, Sambhar, gaurs, red Squirrels, spotted deers, barking deers and variety of birds. There is a nature camp run by forest department.
MULLAYANAGIRI – 22 KMS
Mullayanagiri, the highest peak in Karnataka, is located in the Baba BudanGiri Range of the Western Ghats. Standing at an altitude of 1,930 m above sea level, it is the highest peak between the Himalayas and the Nilgiris.
The route to the amazing destination begins from Sarpadaari, which is connected with Chikmagalur by road. Located in the Baba BudanGiri range of the Western Ghats, the mountain peak is the highest peak between the Himalayas and the Nilgiris after Chembra, Banaura and Vellari Mala peaks located in Kerala.
For those who would love to have adventures , this is the right place for activities like mountain biking, trekking and road biking.
SHARADAMBA TEMPLE SRINGERI – 70 KMS
Sharadamba Temple situated at Sringeri on the banks of river Tunga , is the most famous worship place in the Chikmagalur district. The temple is dedicated to the Goddess SharadaParameswari, Goddess of Knowledge and houses a deity image.
The temple is believed to be built during AdiShankaracharya’s period. It is believed that it had a deity image of the goddess at that time made out of sandalwood. The sandalwood statue was replaced by a stone and gold image in the 14th century by Vidyaranya.
SringeriSharadaPeetha popularly known as DakshinamnayaSharadaPeetham, is one of the four Hindu Advaita Mutts established and contributed by AdiShankaracharya. The Mutt follows the principles of Yajur Veda and established by AdiShankaracharya, the head is called Jagadguru, teacher of the world.
The temple structure was made of wood till early 20th century and has been rebuilt due to the fire which damaged the ancient structure. The Goddess at Garbhagriha, made of polished granite, is seated on the Sriyantra on a golden throne. A capacious hall supported by pillars with beautiful carvings lies in front of the sanctum. Also at Sri Sharadamba Temple, free food is offered to the devotees.
BABABUDANGIRI – 30 KMS
The Baba Budan Hills are named after the Muslim saint, Baba Budan, who took up residence here in the 17th century. The Baba Budan Shrine is revered by both the Hindus and Muslims and thousands of devotees throng the shrine for the blessing of the peer. A complex of three caves can be found here, believed to have been sanctified by three revered siddhas, whose icons and ‘gaddinges’ (tombs) are located in the caves.
KEMMANGUNDI – 56KMS
It is situated at a height of 1434 m above sea level. Kemmanagundi is at a distance of 55 km from Chikmagalur. The main attraction of the hill station apart from the places to visit is the absolutely enamouring climate. It remains the same throughout the year. The places to visit in Kemmanagundi are Hebbe falls, Kallathi falls, Rose Garden and Raj Bhavan.
KALAHATTI FALLS – 53 KMS
Kalahatti Falls, one of the major tourist spots of the region, is located at a distance of 10 km from Kemmangundi.They are also known as Kallathigiri Falls and KalahasthiFalls.this is believed to be the favourite tourist spot with the 122 m high waterfall along with its beautiful surroundings.
INAM DATTATREYA PEETHA – 32 KMS
InamDattatreyaPeetha, situated on the Baba BudanGiri Hills, is the holy place for Hindus as well as Muslims.The cave at InamDattatreyaPeetha is believed to have sheltered Guru Dattatreya and Hazrat Dada Hayath Mir Khalandar. Hazrat Dada Hayath Mir Khalandar was a Muslim saint sent to India by Prophet Muhammad.
In the month of Rabi-ul-Avval, they host three day celebration every year known as “URS”. Hindu devotees visit the site during the KartikPoornima celebrations.
InamDattatreyaPeetha can be approached either from Chikmagalur or Kemmangundi
MANIKYADHARA FALLS – 33 KMS
Manikyadhara means ‘a string of pearls’. Manikyadhara Falls is one of the chosen tourist spot by many in karnataka. It is located in proximity to Baba BudanGiri Hills. The site is liked by both muslims and hindus. The falls is situated in the midst of the Shola Forest, and it flows throughout the year.
Manikyadhara, meaning ‘a string of pearls’ is also associated with a legend. According to the natives, saint Hazrat Dada Hayath Mir Khalandar along with his 4 disciples came to the site in search of water. After their prayers, they were blessed with water flowing from the mountains in the form of this waterfall.
Manikyadhara fall is 40 km away from Chikmagalur, visitors can reach Manikyadhara Falls from Kemmangundi
KUDREMUKH NATIONAL PARK – 75 KMS
Kudremukh National Park, is the famous tourist spots around Chikmagalur. Designated under the Global Tiger Conservation Priority-I, the national park offers opportunities for sightseeing, outdoor activities, in the presence of rivers and historical shrines in the vicinity. Apart from Tunga and Bhadra Rivers, and rivulets, various perennial streams also flow through the park.
You can spot few interesting animals like sambar, muntjac, chevrotain, sloth bear, mongoose, lion tailed macaque and also some of the rare bird species.